Update on Priest Rapids Dam Electrical Equipment Failure

EPHRATA, Wash. —   On Thursday Oct. 8, an electrical equipment failure was reported in the powerhouse at Grant PUD’s Priest Rapids Dam. As a result of the equipment failure, six employees sustained various levels of injury. As of 8 a.m. Oct. 9, one of the six injured has been released from the hospital and the remaining five are at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle being treated for burns. Two of the five are in critical condition and the remaining three are in satisfactory condition. Updates on their medical status will be provided by Harborview Medical Center.

The employees are power plant electricians and operators. In order to protect the privacy of employees and their families, we will not release their names, age, gender or other personal details.

“This is a difficult day for everyone here at Grant PUD. We are all concerned for our co-workers who were injured yesterday and are doing everything we can to show them our support in this difficult time. Our primary focus will continue to be taking care of our people,” said CFO and Acting General Manager Kevin Nordt.

The electrical equipment failure was isolated to one of the ten generating units at the dam. The dam remains in stable, operating condition. There are no associated public safety issues or downstream flooding impacts.

Investigators from Labor and Industries will be on site today to perform a thorough evaluation of events leading up to and causing the incident. Results of the investigation will likely take weeks.

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Established by local residents over 75 years ago, Grant PUD generates and delivers energy to millions of customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. What began as a grassroots movement of public power has evolved into one of the premiere providers of renewable energy at some of the most affordable rates in the nation. For more information visit www.grantpud.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER MEDIA CONTACTS:

Susan Gregg
(206) 616-6730

GRANT PUD MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Chuck Allen
(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

Thomas Stredwick
(509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

 

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